News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of
Switzerland County newspapers
10 YEARS AGO
This year’s Swiss Wine Festival will officially kick off tonight (Thursday), with the Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant. The event will begin at 7:55 p.m., and is being sponsored by Edelweiss Floral and Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home. This year there are 16 candidates for the title. All of the contestants will be judged in evening gown, Swiss costume, and will be asked a question on stage by the emcee. The 2003 Edelweiss Teen Princes was Brianne Martin.
Johanna and Jim Welch of near Fairview, longtime vendors and supporters of the Swiss Wine Festival, will be honored during opening ceremonies of the 2004 Swiss Wine Festival tonight (Thursday). The couple has retired from vending after many years of providing German food at festivals all over the country.
How did Clifford Stewart spend his 91st birthday on July 19th? Fishing at Heine’s lake on Florence Hill Road. Did he catch his limit? Clifford isn’t saying.
20 YEARS AGO
The Switzerland County Marching Band received yet another honor this past weekend when they captured first place at the Watermelon Festival Parade in Brownstown, Indiana.
One of the final steps in the process of possibly bringing riverboat gambling to Switzerland County occurred last night as the Switzerland County Council met to evaluate the three applicants who are vying to be awarded a license to operate here in the county.
Monica Detraz and Bobby Hensley of Vevay wish to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The wedding is planned for Saturday, September 10th, at the Switzerland Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. slow time.
30 YEARS AGO
Harold C. “Red” Benedict, Vevay, has been appointed a member of the Indiana Commission on Aging by Governor Robert D. Orr. The commission oversees many programs which benefit older Hoosiers.
Former county resident Jim Lewellyn recently won three medals (one gold and two silver) and set a world record in the International Wheelchair Olympics held in Stokes Manville, England. Jim is a 1974 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
Carl and Hazel Brown raised some really large tomatoes in their garden at their home in Vevay. Four tomatoes weighed just over eight pounds.
Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Bowling of Bear Branch will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, September 2nd, at the Dillsboro Civic Center.
The longest running Annual Pony Mail Run in the United States will be held at Canaan, Indiana during the 20th Annual Canaan Fall Festival, September 8th.
40 YEARS AGO
What may well be Switzerland County’s first opportunity to enjoy a live ballet dance performance comes tonight, when the professional Butler Summer Ballet troupe makes an appearance in Vevay. The ballet performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Switzerland County High School auditorium, with the public – and especially young people – invited to attend.
New teachers of Jefferson-Craig School this year are Mrs. Sandra Dean, 2nd Grade; Mrs. Beverly Hall 4th Grade; Rinda Kinman, special education; and Wendell McQueary, 6th grade. New teachers at other Switzerland County schools will be featured in future issues of this newspaper.
Mrs. Harry Brindley was seriously wounded Tuesday morning by a gunshot at her residence on State Road 129, four miles north of Vevay. She later died in a Louisville hospital.
Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton has scheduled a visit to the Bennington Post Office, Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
50 YEARS AGO
Within 60 days a new member of Switzerland County School Corporation’s board of trustees will be elected by the remaining six members following the Friday resignation of Clarence Guy McKay who represented Craig Township. He is moving from Craig Township and the county to take up new residence in Madison as the reason for resigning.
Captain John W. Spencer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Spencer of Vevay, has been chosen by Headquarters United States Air Force to attend Empire Test Pilot School in Farnborough, England. He was chosen from a field of over 1,000 qualified applicants on the basis of his education, experience, and past performance. Captain Spencer will be the only American attending the school.
Eugene S. Spencer was advanced to the office of president of First National Bank of Vevay by bank board of directors at their regular meeting Monday. Spencer succeeds the late Chester Kiesel who died last month.
A 7-pound, 10-ounce daughter was born August 13th to Dr. and Mrs. Don A. Hyde of Rising Sun. Born in Dearborn County Hospital, the infant has been named Larri Ellen. The Hydes are former residents of Switzerland County.
60 YEARS AGO
Joann Perkins, a senior of Vevay High School and George Robertson of this county, were united in marriage at Warsaw, Kentucky, on August 19th.
Misses Lona White of Vevay and Arlene Curtis of Bennington, left Monday to enter nurses training at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati. The two girls were awarded the nurses training scholarships at the hospital by the Lawrenceburg unit of the Forty and Eight Veterans’ organization.
Miss Shirley Upp, graduate nurse, has taken up her new duties at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
A barn on the Cecil Mathews farm in Craig Township was set afire by lightning during the storm here August 26th and was saved by prompt action of a son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathews.
A son was born Monday in the Milan Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert Cole (nee Delores Lyons) of near Fairview. The baby weighed 7 and one-fourth pounds and has been named Dennis Michael Cole.
James H. McNary of Indianapolis, escaped with minor injuries Saturday night when his automobile was demolished after it turned over on State Road 56 near the Scudder farm east of the Indian Creek bridge.
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Ramona Pickett has been employed as music and art teacher for the Patriot-Posey Schools for the coming year.
Born, August 13th, a son, Larry Dean, to Private and Mrs. Carroll N. Scudder in Dayton, Kentucky.
Relatives at Patriot have been advised of the marriage of Sergeant Harry L. Lukie now in England to Miss Margaret French of England.
Born, August 25th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Romans of Aberdeen.
Born, Friday, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Whitham of Quercus Grove.
80 YEARS AGO
Miss Mary Owens, Switzerland County health nurse, has accepted a temporary position as Advisory Nurse for southern Indiana.
Miss Mayme Chase of East Enterprise has received the appointment as postmaster of that place relieving Miss Edna Seymour.
Reports from Indianapolis indicated that the little McKendree boy, almost fatally injured some time ago by an explosion of dynamite, is slowly improving.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lester have purchased the Swango Confectionery and filling station at Mount Sterling.
Born, August 23rd, a son, Samuel Fredrick, to Mr. and Mrs. John Jones of Patriot.
There were 305 persons attending the Scudder reunion Sunday at Stow’s Park at East Enterprise.
Born, August 23rd, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Poston of Fairview.
90 YEARS AGO
About 30 interested farmers attended the dairy meeting at East Enterprise Monday evening and special attention was directed toward the formation of a cow testing association to begin operation October 1st.
According to a published notice of tax levies, the Vevay school levy will show a cut of 10 cents on the hundred dollars under last year and last year the rate was 10 cents under the year before that.
Fred Gockel last week sold his store in Patriot to S. V. McHuron, whose store was recently destroyed in the fire and gave immediate possession. The Gockel store has been a familiar business house in Patriot for more than half a century.
At a meeting in Vevay representatives from Jefferson, Ohio, Dearborn, and Switzerland counties, Indiana and Gallatin County, Kentucky, organized the Southern Indiana Poultry Association.
Ralph Wafford of Warsaw, Kentucky, and Miss Willena Wainscott of Sanders, Kentucky, were married Friday afternoon by Reverend F.E. Hammel.
100 YEARS AGO
Charley Webber, a workman at Dam 39, was severely injured when a wood chute fell on him.
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Teats have a banana tree that is bearing fruit.
Several pieces of mussel catching equipment were stolen from Vevay fishermen.
Amel Brown of near Florence had his leg broken and foot crushed on a hay press.
Mrs. Rene Kincaid was painfully injured when she fell on the sidewalk at the school house.
Mrs. Sallie Mills of Missouri sustained a fractured arm when she fell at the home of Mrs. W. W. Fry on Market Street here.
Lincoln Means was the Republican nominee for Trustee of Jefferson Township. Edward W. Shaw was nominated in Craig and W. S. Humphrey in Posey.
110 YEARS AGO
Misses Falba Lyons, Alice Pate and Nellie Gray were the winners of a contest held by the Reveille to send three representatives to the World Fair.
The residence of Jacob Kern near Long Run Church was destroyed by fire.
A pearl has been found in an Ohio River mussel at Evansville. It weighed one ounce and 2 grains and sold for $5,000.
Born to Emsley Shadday and wife of Moorefield, a boy.
120 YEARS AGO
Professor James R. Hart left Monday for Lebanon, Indiana, where he has been employed as Superintendent of Public Schools.
A camping party, well equipped, left Tuesday in skiffs for Drennon Springs, one and one-half miles up the Kentucky River. The campers are Bryant McMakin, Carrol Walton, Will Kincaid, Ben McHenry, Will Manning, Paul Grisard and Hedden Baird.
Mr. John Bakes, Jr., an enterprising farmer near Center Square, last Tuesday received a fine thoroughbred Oxford Dam ram, for which he paid $75.
140 YEARS AGO
Daniel Goodpastor and Mary Ann Reed were married in Vevay, August 20th.
James Braden and Mary Wilhoite were married in Vevay August 24th.
New hay had commenced arriving in Vevay. The contract price is $15 per ton. Choice timothy delivered immediately will bring as much as $18 per ton.
The third party has made its appearance in this county and will hold a convention in Center Square in September. Candidates will be nominated for county offices.
150 YEARS AGO
Civil War News: For the past month there has been a band of guerrillas prowling through Henry, Owen, and Carroll counties, Kentucky, estimated at from 300 to 800 strong under the command of Colonel Jesse.
The ladies of the Soldier’s Aid Society, in connection with the ladies of the county generally, will give a reception-dinner at Vevay Saturday, September 10th, to the returned soldiers of the 3rd Calvary and all other returned soldiers of the county.